Meet the Vintage Breeds

The Country-Side ran a series by C. H. Lane in 1909 introducing readers to various dog breeds. Here are three of the articles.

I find these vintage descriptions very valuable in that they were written much closer, in comparison to present day, to the period when the defining characteristics of the different breeds were developed and refined. It’s interesting to note the similarities to and differences from the breed standards used today. For example, the modern day dachshund standard has a list of acceptable colors and patterns while acknowledging additional colors and patterns exist but are undesirable. In the dachshund article below “any” color is acceptable with “much white objectionable.”

The Country-Side, June 19, 1909
The Country-Side, June 26, 1909
The Country-Side, July 10, 1909

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